Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Mandarin Tile
This pottery tile depicting a mandarin (Chinese official) was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is made from a dense, quite highly-fired grey pottery. The mandarin wears a flowing robe, belted across his waist, with his badge of rank in the centre of his chest. In his left hand is what appears to be a hu (audience tablet). Note also the mandarin's hat and long beard & moustache. This tile has been "cold painted" in black and white pigments, good traces of which remain, with traces of green and red pigment also still remaining.
This tile comes complete with a custom-made Perspex display stand.
Height (off the stand) 25 cm (9.75 inches), width 12 cm (4.75 inches). Very good condition (some loss of pigment, surface wear, minor chips to the tile edge).
See also our other similar tile, stock number MA017, both of which together make a good matching pair.
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